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Celebrating 80 Years Of Service!

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) represents over 2,700 Board-certified otolaryngologists and health care providers. Otolaryngology, frequently referred to as Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT), uniquely combines medical and surgical expertise to care for patients with a variety of conditions affecting the ears, nose, and throat, as well as commonly related conditions. AAOA members devote part of their practice to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disease. The AAOA actively supports its membership through education, research, and advocacy in the care of allergic patients.

"Advance the comprehensive management of allergy and inflammatory disease in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery through training, education, and advocacy."

ADVOCACY UPDATES

CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary

On July 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician…

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Congress Considers Extension of Telehealth Flexibilities Post-Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to…

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Changes To E/M Codes Beginning On January 1st

Effective January 1, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) finalized significant changes to…

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Changes in MACRA

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Before the close of 2017, all physicians must take action to avoid the 4 percent cut that will be assessed in 2019 for not participating in the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  Read More

CMS Announces Changes in MACRA Implementation Timeline. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced major changes to the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization (MACRA).
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Upcoming Dates

12/01/21: Research Grant Cycle
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04/01/22: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/22: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/22: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2022 Basic Course

08/01/22: Scientific Abstract Submission Deadline

09/01/22: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2022 Annual Meeting

EDUCATION

The education committee of the AAOA has put together an all-star lineup for this year’s virtual Annual Meeting taking place October 16th to 21st. Like last year, our Annual Meeting will offer live-stream and on-demand content. Some content will be available for self-paced on-demand viewing on September 15th, 2021. Learn More

IFAR

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IFAR Impact Factor: 2.454

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IFAR Featured Content: COVID-19 - Free Access
Endonasal instrumentation and aerosolization risk in the era of COVID‐19: simulation, literature review, and proposed mitigation strategies . Read More

Changes in Managing Practices

Working together with AAOA staff, volunteer leadership and members will enable us to have a positive impact on our members’ practices.

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Live and Online CME

2021 AAOA Annual Meeting
Pre-launch Mid-September
Live Stream Starting on Oct 16 | Virtual
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2022 AAOA Advanced Course
In-Person!!! Santa Fe, NM
January 13-15, 2022
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2022 AAOA Basic Course
The Diptomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, FL
June 30-July 2, 2022

USP 797 Online Module
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News and Updates

United Agrees To Give Physicians ERISA Rights in Connection with Repayment Demands

Bottom line Recent class action settlement gives all out-of-network (“ONET”) physicians important – and often overlooked –…

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Starting an Allergy Practice

The essential tools and pearls for a successful allergy practice by those who have done…

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College Allergy Symptoms Treatment Back to Shcool

PRACTICE RESOURCES

AAOA Practice Resource Tool Kit

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) Practice Resource Tool Kit is intended as a guide to help AAOA members integrate allergy into their otolaryngology practice and to continually improve on this integration as new information, regulations, and resources become available.

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PARTNER RESOURCE CENTER

AAOA has launched a Partner Resource Center to bring you partner resources that can assist your practice and patient care.

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PATIENT CORNER

AAOA Leadership

Why I joined the AAOA

by Mona Patadia, MD , FAAOA

I completed my rhinology fellowship in 2011 and was anxious, yet excited, to explore job opportunities. I found the perfect fit at a Chicago institution. It was my dream job as a rhinologist in an academic setting. It came with one caveat: I was to restart our Otolaryngology Allergy department. I was elated at the job opportunity, but with one minor problem: I had minimal knowledge of Otolaryngic Allergy. The AAOA was a lifesaver. I attended any and all courses through the AAOA including the basic and advanced allergy course. The AAOA was pivotal in setting me up with connections in the Chicagoland area as well. Soon, I had a good understanding of the basic concepts and had an academy to reach out to for any questions. I was well equipped to start our Otolaryngic Allergy practice from the ground up and continued to hone my skills and knowledge over the years.

Today, nine years later, I am thrilled to see that ever so common “nasal congestion” or “recurrent sinusitis” or “severe allergy” patient. I enjoy taking the patient history, performing the  head and neck exam/possible endoscopy, followed by reviewing any possible imaging. I am able to consolidate that information and present patients with knowledge and options on their medical care. Patients appreciate the holistic approach of offering surgery only when needed, but also reviewing and discussing the role of allergic rhinitis and possible options of  subcutaneous or sublingual immunotherapy either before their surgery, after their surgery or instead of surgery. I am equipped to provide more realistic expectations for my patients whom I have repaired a nasal septum or nasal valve by identifying the role of allergic rhinitis prior, and reminding them postop that they may continue to need medical management.  I am able to inform patients of possible allergies when the nasal endoscopy reveals polypoid tissue off the head of the middle turbinate. I am able to have a higher suspicion for immune deficiencies or low pneumococcal titers contributing to recurrent acute sinus infections or pneumonias. Patients are thrilled that their problems will be worked up in our office.  They appreciate the thorough evaluation of all aspects of their Otolaryngologic complaints

I am forever grateful for the AAOA and the tools they provided me with to provide excellent and holistic care to my patients. I continue to enjoy the AAOA as a source of continual knowledge and drive to advance our amazing field of Otolaryngic Allergy.

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